The Will to Meaning: Foundations and Applications of Logotherapy by Viktor Frankl Book Suggestion
Holocaust survivor Viktor E. Frankl is known as the founder of logotherapy, a mode of psychotherapy based on human's motivation to search for meaning in his life. The author discusses his ideas in the context of other prominent psychotherapies and describes the techniques he uses with his patients to combat the "existential vacuum".
Logotherapy proposes that humans have a will to meaning, which means that seeing meaning in pain can prepare the individual for suffering. This assumption embodies a significant departure from one's will to achieve power and pleasure. It posits that the discovery of meaning is one's primary motive for living.
Originally published in 1969 and compiling Frankl's speeches on logotherapy, The Will to Meaning is regarded as a seminal work of meaning-centred therapy.
Succeeding his book Man's Search for Meaning, which was aimed at introducing the idea of saying yes to life in spite of everything (including suffering) and finding meaning, Viktor Frankl The Will to Meaning explains how we can put this into practice through procedure, technical aspects and working mechanisms.
This book provides a guideline to better understand the symptoms of meaninglessness, the qualities of meaning and how to pursue it.
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